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Begon, Townsend, and Harper's Ecology has long been regarded as the definitive textbook on all aspects of ecology. This new edition provides a comprehensive treatment of the subject, from the first principles of ecology to the current state of the field, and aims to improve students' preparedness to address the environmental problems of the new millennium.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this fourth edition includes:

  • three new chapters on applied ecology, reflecting a rigorous, scientific approach to the ecological problems now facing mankind
  • discussion of over 800 new studies, updating the text throughout
  • an updated, user-friendly design with margin notes and chapter summaries that serve as study aids
  • dedicated website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/begon

The resulting textbook is easy to use, lucid and up-to-date, and is the essential reference for all students whose degree program includes ecology and for practicing ecologists.

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Preface,vii Introduction: Ecology and its Domain, xi
Part 1: Organisms 1 Organisms in their Environments: the Evolutionary Backdrop, 3 2 Conditions, 30 3 Resources, 58 4 Life, Death and Life Histories, 89 5 Intraspecific Competition, 132 6 Dispersal, Dormancy and Metapopulations, 163 7 Ecological Applications at the Level of Organisms and Single-Species Populations: Restoration, Biosecurity and Conservation, 186
Part 2: Species Interactions 8 Interspecific Competition, 227 9 The Nature of Predation, 266 10 The Population Dynamics of Predation, 297 11 Decomposers and Detritivores, 326 12 Parasitism and Disease, 347 13 Symbiosis and Mutualism, 381 14 Abundance, 410 15 Ecological Applications at the Level of Population Interactions: Pest Control and Harvest Management, 439
Part 3: Communities and Ecosystems 16 The Nature of the Community: Patterns in Space and Time, 469 17 The Flux of Energy through Ecosystems, 499 18 The Flux of Matter through Ecosystems, 525 19 The Influence of Population Interactions on Community Structure, 550 20 Food Webs, 578 21 Patterns in Species Richness, 602 22 Ecological Applications at the Level of Communities and Ecosystems: Management Based on the Theory of Succession, Food Webs, Ecosystem Functioning and Biodiversity, 633
References, 659 Organism Index, 701 Subject Index, 714 Color plate section between pp. 000 and 000